Ant Touring

3 Day Adelaide to Melbourne

5/5

This is a great way to get between the two cities and see the Great Ocean Road while en route. There are many hidden treasures we will show you along the way to compliment the great food and accommodation we provide.

This tour is a wonderful way to travel between these two great cities. This journey starts with the discovery of ancient Australian animals, visits to some of our best wineries and continues through to our most famous coastal road. Along the way you will enjoy great food, stunning views and memorable experiences.

We pick you up at your hotel and start by traveling in to the Adelaide Hills. Here we explore Hahndorf, a traditional German town in the Adelaide Hills and Mt Lofty Summit with sweeping views of Adelaide. Our journey then takes us through grain and stock lands towards the town of Keith, where we have lunch and turn south towards wine country.

We travel through a relatively new wine region of Padthaway towards the World Heritage listed Naracoorte Caves to learn of the fossil discoveries of Mega Fauna that make this site so internationally important. We then travel into the scenic Coonawarra wine region recognized as one of the best Cabernet Sauvignon regions of the world. After sampling some local wines from this highly awarded region we continue on to out overnight destination, Mt Gambier. Tonight we are accommodated in luxurious rooms at ‘The Commodore’ which also houses an award winning restaurant for dinner and breakfast.

After breakfast we travel on toward the Shipwreck coast. We start with a visit to the ‘blue’ crater lake in Mt Gambier then drive on to Port Fairy before visiting Tower Hill Reserve where we are likely to see Emus, Koalas, Kangaroos and Echidnas. Our journey then takes us through Warrnambool and Allansford in the heart of diary country and home of Australia’s oldest diary processing plant.

We then start the Great Ocean Road with the impressive limestone stacks of the Bay of Martyrs and Bay of Islands. We then visit London Bridge and ‘Loch Ard Gorge’, the site of the most famous 19th century Australian shipwreck. We retell the entire story from the calm voyage, the tragic wreck, the courageous survivors and their ultimate fate. While hearing the tale you will be able to see and hold some original artifacts, photos and documents from the ‘Loch Ard’ contained in our treasure chests.

We then discover one of Australia’s icons, the Twelve Apostles. We explain the creation of these limestone stacks and the constant wearing away of this coastline. Load your camera – there will be plenty of photo opportunities! You will also have the opportunity to fly high above the coastline, viewing the apostles from a helicopter (own expense).

Our journey then takes us into the Otway National Park and through to Apollo Bay. We arrive at the stunning Beacon Point Ocean View Villas accommodation set high on a hill with sweeping views of the Southern Ocean. These large private 3.5 star villas set within native forest offer the perfect environment to relax and unwind. Dinner tonight is at the ‘Chefs hat’ award winning Chris’ Restaurant at Beacon Point. This restaurant is next door to your accommodation and offers the same magnificent views. The dining experience is wonderful too, the menu is diverse and delicious and often provides frustration about what to choose for your two courses.

The third day starts with a beautiful continental breakfast in the restaurant at Chris’s before leaving for Apollo Bay. You will then have time to walk around this cute seaside town and explore the impressive Marina full of fishing vessels of all shapes and sizes. We then make our way back into the Otway National Park and take a walk at ‘Maits Rest’. This is a 1km/25 minute stroll through a cool temperate rainforest gully discovering trees and ferns that date back millions of years to times when dinosaurs roamed this part of the world.

We then turn towards Melbourne and travel along a very scenic section of the Great Ocean Road en-route to Kennett River for a fantastic viewing of wild Koalas in their native setting. We also visit many scenic spots for photos and tell numerous stories behind the making of the road. We stop for lunch at the largest of the seaside villages, Lorne. This popular tourist town is full of restaurants and cafes and boasts great shopping and swimming beaches. After lunch we drive along the surf coast and take in the surf culture of the region with a visit to Torquay and Bells Beach. We also visit Anglesea Golf Club where we will hopefully see Kangaroos in their natural environment.

Our journey then takes us through the historic gateway to the Great Ocean Road, Geelong. We have some afternoon tea along the re-designed waterfront before turning to Melbourne. Our journey into Melbourne takes us from the west over the ‘West Gate Bridge’, famous for its grandeur and checkered history. We will then escort you to your hotel and welcome you to Melbourne.

Our Adelaide – Melbourne tour departs at 0830 from Adelaide. Pickups are available from all city hotels within Adelaide. Passengers will be dropped at any Melbourne CBD location at 1700 at the completion of the tour.

Tours include :

  • 3.5 – 4 star accommodation
  • 2 x 2 course dinner
  • 2 x breakfast
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Cave tour

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Review

Michael T
Michael T
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What an Excellent Tour Jeremy Redmond gave us. He was very informative but also very attentive to our group. We had a private tour and the vehicle was beautiful. Jeremey started the day by buying us coffee, tea and coffee. A nice touch. He also asked us what our interest were and taylored the tour to our tastes. The tour around the city was wonderful and we topped it off with a drop off at the City Market. The vehicle was clean and well kept. Jeremy's service was perfect and we throughly enjoed ourselves. Thank you for a great day.
Sheila M
Sheila M
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We had Pierre as our guide. He was incredible. Very professional, caring and knowledgeable. The trip was awesome. Some very breathtaking views . Certainly well worth the money and a must do. Don’t miss this beautiful scenery.
Sequoia16
Sequoia16
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I went on a wonderful two-day Great Ocean Road Tour that combined wildlife and landscape viewing, some walking, and great dining. Jeremy was an incredible guide: knowledgeable and informative, fun, helpful, patient and caring. He even managed to get the right weather at the right places: sun, wind at the 12 apostles, fog and drizzle in the rainforest and wind and rain for our 10 minute stop at Loch Ard. It was a really perfect trip!
Edward M
Edward M
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Jeremy was our guide in a spacious vehicle for 3 days 2 nights that took us on the Great Ocean Road, the Apostles, Port Fairy, Apolla Bay, & to an intriguing tour of the mega-fauna exhibit, Blue Lake, Hahndorf, Mount Lofty, Adelaide overview, & more. Accommodations (luxury & more rustic) & meals were perfect & at every destination the locals knew & respected Jeremy for the gentleman he is! He is knowledgeable & patient as he tactfully managed our tastes & different personalities to personalize the tour. We were able to see echidnas, koalas, kangaroos, various birds in the wild as Njeremy is respectful of nature. An amazing, memorable & informative experience.
Ying R
Ying R
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My dad and my mum enjoyed the tour journey with Jeremy and they thoroughly enjoyed the accommodation stays, delicious food and well thought out itinerary. Moreover, the vehicle transport was very comfortable and spacious! Thank you, Jeremy and Australian Natural Treasures Touring group!
Tatyana S
Tatyana S
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It was nice to be a small group (4 people) and I very much enjoyed every minute of our Great Ocean Road tour! Wonderful and amazing trip: breathtaking sightseeing, wildlife, best local dining. Our tour guide Glenn had a lot of knowledge and did a fabulous job. I highly recommend this company to everyone and am looking forward to return to Australia and to book another tour with them.
Aislinn G
Aislinn G
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Had a fantastic time on the 2 day Great Ocean Road tour! Both tour drivers Eddie and Jeremy were lovely, informative, and made for interesting conversation! Plenty of stops at incredibly scenic points along Great Ocean Road with an additional bonus of Eddie's brilliant photography skills. The hotel's view was stunning and dinner and breakfast included was lovely. Highly recommend to anyone who wants to explore more of Victoria with the stress of driving/planning taken out 🙂
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